There’s a tradition here in the northwest marathoning community. On Thanksgiving weekend, some crazy people run four marathons in four days. The most socially-acceptable name for this is the “Quadzilla”. I’m not completely sure of the origin, but it’s since expanded to numerous other places as well. Marathon Maniacs do this for at least two reasons : it’s fun, and you get to earn six maniac ‘stars’ by completing this feat.
back in the time when I thought 3:40 was possible – photo by ross comer
I, on the other hand am not quite so ambitious. I’ve done a “bi-zilla” before (just made that one up), but not four of ‘em. But spending Thanksgiving morning running with several hundred friends is a great way to celebrate the holiday.
My race plan was simple – try to come in under 4 hours, and keep it fun. So I was a bit puzzled when I started clicking off mile splits that were a good 30-45 seconds faster than I should have. Each time, I’d take it back a notch but find myself speeding up again. After a while I decided to see what would happen. I briefly entertained the idea of hitting another sub 3:40 marathon. That would have been something to celebrate.
finishing – photo by ross comer
Over time the splits got slower. Gradually reality set in. By the time I passed through Gasworks Park again, heading out towards Ballard, it was looking more like a sub 3:50 was more reasonable. I came in at 3:47:04, and was pretty happy with it.
Big thanks go to Matt and Betsy for putting this nice event on – it’s a great way to start Thanksgiving.